A few years back Keri and I discovered the joy of geocaching. If you’ve not heard of geocaching, I encourage you to check it out. It’s a fun way to get yourself outside and walking. Check out the link.
The reason I bring it up today is because geocaching provided an opportunity for me to learn about coordinates. I love maps and geocaching opened up a whole new world for me. Even simply learning the terminology was fun: coordinates, longitude, latitude, waypoint and many more.
Geocaching also provided a bit of clarity for me in my everyday life, because I learned on one particular hunt that a matter of 5° can make a huge difference in the long run. How has this affected my everyday life? Well, it’s helped me to realize that the slightest little tweak in perception, mindset and action can make a huge difference. So, when I am learning something new or making a healthier choice, I’m a great deal more patient with myself. I appreciate the incremental changes.
There is so much to see at 40.7127° N, 74.0059° W and I’ve only been there one time in my life. Everything around us is changing and we’re changing with in all those changes. Therefore, even if I went back to those exact coordinates it could never be the same experience as it was before. Little changes make a huge difference and that’s why the saying, It’s the little things that mean the most, exists.
Remember, when things are changing, you’re leaning something new or beginning to incorporate fitness into your life, go easy on yourself. Take your time and enjoy the view at each coordinate. Every tiny change you make will improve your life. Parking further from the door, drinking water through the day, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, replacing negative self defeating thoughts with positive, encouraging self talk. Any ONE of these things will improve your life and you’ll never be exactly the same person you are today, ever again.
Be loving and nice to yourself. You are the only you we’ve got.